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Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western | April 1956 (USA)
With no law within 200 miles horse rancher Jeremy Rodak runs his spread with an iron hand and deals with rustlers even more ruthlessly.

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Jeremy Rodock is a tough horse rancher who strings up rustlers soon as look at them. Fresh out of Pennsylvania, Steve Miller finds it hard to get used to Rodock's ways, although he takes an immediate shine to his Greek girl Jocasta. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Drama | Romance | Western

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$2,846,000 (estimated)
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Spencer Tracy was cast as Jeremy Roderick, but was replaced by James Cagney as Mr. Tracy complained and procrastinated about working on that location because of the altitude of working in the Rockies. This essentially resulted in Tracy's being fired from MGM, his home studio since 1935. See more »

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Jocasta Constantine: Go home. Before you kill your first man. Or put a rope on your first hanging, and it begins to eat you up alive. Learn a decent trade. Find yourself a nice girl and get married. Live in a place where you can bring up children. A normal life. A normal life that... Steve, I... I'm sorry. Sometimes I think you're my own man. The old dreams.
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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.29 (1956) See more »

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Rough Wrangler
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Decent western
29 September 2001 | by (Solvesborg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

James Cagney plays the man with a heart of stone in this rather fine and entertaining movie. Cagney (as Mr. Rodock) is the foreman on the ranch, which the film is about, in the middle of nowhere.

One sunny day Cagney is out trying to defend his horses against horse thieves. His horse is down and as he takes cover Don Dubbins (as Steve Millar) comes to help, and the story has begun.

Never seen Don Dubbins anywhere before but he reminds me of a young Christopher Walken at times. This was his first real film (he had appeared uncredited in the two earlier), and personally I believe he should get credit for the way he played his role.

This is an interesting western I reckon. Nice shots of the American nature without any desperate fast cuts that disrupt the viewing.

I liked it. James Cagney was great as the 'bad' foreman and I liked the plot. I can recommend this not only to all Cagney fans but to everyone who likes a good classic western.


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